10 Historically Dominant Manufacturing Regions in the South

Thanks to reshoring and billions of dollars being invested in EVs, manufacturing in the South is on the rise. New manufacturing beachheads are emerging, such as the Savannah region, which was known somewhat as a manufacturing region, but certainly more so now with what that area has captured in the last three years. Here are nine other regions in the South that are certainly up and coming, as well as traditional manufacturing clusters. These are the regions in the South where we are seeing the most manufacturing activity and consistent strength in the sector.

Savannah, Georgia Region

Hyundai* Bryan County

Hyundai Mobis* Bryan County

Hyundai/LG* Bryan County

Gulfstream Aerospace Savannah

International Paper Savannah

Georgia-Pacific Effingham County, Savannah

SNF Savannah

Aspen Aerogels* Bulloch County

Briggs & Stratton Bulloch County

Howmet Aerospace Liberty County

SNF Liberty County


Southwest Louisiana

Sasol Westlake

Venture Global* Cameron

Westlake Chemical Westlake

Northrop Grumman Lake Charles

Cheniere Cameron Parish

Phillips 66 Westlake


Northeast Tennessee Region

Eastman Chemical Kingsport

BAE Systems Kingsport

Parkdale Mills Johnson City

John Deere Johnson City

Snap-On-Tools Carter County

ZF/TRW Hawkins County

American Water Heater Washington County

Nuclear Fuel Services Unicoi County

Koch Foods Morristown

MAHLE Engine Components Morristown


South Alabama Region

Airbus Mobile

Novelis* Baldwin County

Collins Aerospace Baldwin County

Austal USA Mobile

AM/NS Calvert Calvert

VT MAE Mobile


SSAB Mobile County

Boise Cascade Clarke County


Northeastern Arkansas Region

Nucor Steel Mississippi County

Big River Steel Mississippi County

Highbar* Mississippi County

DENSO Osceola

Frito-Lay Jonesboro

Nestlé Jonesboro

Hytrol Conveyor Company Jonesboro

Unilever Jonesboro

Smith & Nephew Marion-Crittenden County

Hino Motors Marion-Crittenden County

Stateside Steel West Memphis

Tenneco Paragould-Greene County

Greenbrier Rail Paragould-Greene County

Shearer’s Foods Newport-Jackson County

Arkansas Steel Newport-Jackson County

Roach Manufacturing Poinsett County

Mueller Copper Tube Cross County

Robert Bosch Tool Lawrence County

Bad Boy Batesville-Independence County

Peco Foods Randolph County


South Central Kentucky Region

GM Corvette Assembly Bowling Green

Logan Aluminum Bowling Green

BG Metalforming Warren County

Sun Products Warren County

Logan Aluminum Russellville

Cloyes Gear Logan County

LioChem e-Materials Franklin

Smucker’s Scottsville-Allen County

Delta Faucet Morgantown-Butler County

Akebono Brake Glasgow-Barren County

Sumitomo Leitchfield-Grayson County

T Marzetti Hart County

Dart Container Horse Cave-Hart County

Central States Manufacturing Scottsville-Allen County


Northeastern Mississippi

Toyota Motor Blue Springs/Union County

Cooper Tire & Rubber Tupelo

General Atomics Tishomingo County

Steel Dynamics Columbus

Aluminum Dynamics* Columbus

Caterpillar Corinth

ATK Tishomingo County


West Tennessee Region

BlueOval City/Ford-SK* Stanton

Jabil Memphis

Accredo Health Group Memphis

Smith & Nephew Memphis

Medtronic Memphis

Delta Faucet Jackson

Stanley Black & Decker Jackson

Hillshire Brands Newbern


North Alabama Region

Boeing Huntsvillle

Dynetics Huntsville

Northrop Grumman Huntsville

Adtran Huntsville

Toyota Limestone County

Polaris Limestone County

North American Lighting Muscle Shoals/Colbert County

Maples Industries Scottsboro/Jackson County

GE Appliances Decatur/Morgan County

Blue Origin Huntsville

United Launch Alliance Decatur/Morgan County

Topre America Corporation Cullman

REHAU Cullman


North Central Kentucky Region

Ford Motor Truck Plant Louisville

Haier U.S. Appliance Louisville

Ford Motor Assembly Plant Louisville

Brown–Forman Louisville

KCC Cos. Louisville

Metalsa Elizabethtown

BlueOval Ford SK plant* Hardin County

Nucor Brandenburg-Meade County

Buffalo Trace Distillery Frankfort

Toyota Boshoku Bardstown-Nelson County

Heaven Hill Distilleries Bardstown-Nelson County

Sazerac Distillers Bardstown-Nelson County

Omega Plastic Corp. Shelbyville

Magna Seating Bullitt County

Whitworth Tool Breckinridge County


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